Last week I wrote a post called Let’s Talk While We Read. This week’s literacy topic phonological awareness is also based on a lot of talk. Phonological awareness has to do with the rhythm and rhyme of words.
Ways to Work on Phonological Awareness:
Birth to 2-years old
- Say or read nursery rhymes so your child hears the rhyme. Stress the rhyming words.
- Sing to hope your child hear syllables in words. In most songs, each syllable get a different note.
- Make up your own silly, nonsense rhymes.
2 to 3-years old
- Play word games such as, “What sounds like ran?” or “What starts with the same sound as ball?”
- Point out initial sounds and ask what other words start with that sound.
- Clap out the number of syllables in children’s names or other people and places
4 to 5-years old
- Ask whether two words rhyme: Do cat and dog rhyme? Do cat and hat rhyme?
- Say words with a word segment left out: “What word would we have if we took the sea away from seahorse?”
- Put two word segments together to make a word: “What word would we have if we put cup and cake together?”
How we work on these skills at our house:
- I love rhyming with JDaniel in the car. We run through the alphabet to find words that make sense with a word family. Ie: all, ball, call, dall, eall, fall .
- I printed out picture cards for JDaniel. We identify one of the pictures and beat it out on his toy drum.
- Rhyming Mat Game from Pre-K Literacy. The site has three mats like the one below.
- Activity Mom had a Rhyming Bingo that came from HeidiSongs on her site we are going to use.